Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Question, Vol. 2: Poisoned Ground

The Question, Vol. 2: Poisoned GroundThe Question, Vol. 2: Poisoned Ground by Dennis O'Neil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Question continues fighting crime in Hub City in his own way...

While trying to clean up Hub City, The Question encounters a Russian gypsy gangster named Volk, a vigilante named Mikado, a drug ring peddling a new hallucinogen, and the guy that shot him in the head in the first volume, The Question, Vol. 1: Zen and Violence.

I didn't enjoy this as much as the first volume but it was still good. The creative team of Dennis O'Neil and Denys Cowan created a comic book well ahead of it's time, somewhere in the middle ground between the typical comics of the late 1980s/early 1990s and the decompressed comics of today.

While the Question shares the same pulpy roots as Batman, like The Shadow, he's a far more complex character, pondering his Zen philosophy while driving around in his VW beetle and dishing out justice with his fists. He also takes a beating in every issue and sometimes doesn't defeat the bad guys.

I think this one didn't work for me because O'Neil and Cowan had The Question leave America's Asshole, Hub City, behind for a couple issues. Also, some of the newness has worn off and a lot of the time period smacked me in the face, like The Question's god-awful mullet. I guess this one just didn't age as well as the previous volume. Three out of five stars.

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